Johnathan Cook Associate IALD
Lighting Designer II
Johnathan joined The Lighting Practice in 2013 after graduating from The Pennsylvania State University where he obtained a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering with an emphasis in Lighting Design. He gained hands-on experience in the industry through several internships in theatrical lighting and electrical engineering. Johnathan’s passion for architecture transformed into a passion for architectural lighting design while attending school at Penn State. He was inspired to pursue a career in lighting design through his realization that architecture can be altered/manipulated in countless ways using light. In 2016 and again in 2019, Johnathan taught lighting design as an adjunct professor for the Drexel University Department of Architecture + Interiors. His project experience includes corporate interiors, healthcare, hospitality, civic and public spaces, higher education, and retail environments.
Why did you become a lighting designer?
I became a lighting designer because of my favorite aspect about light. Light’s ability to transform a space, generating completely different psychological impressions.
What is the best thing about your job?
When I am designing, I don’t feel like I am working.
What advice would you pass on to future lighting designers?
Keep it simple.
What’s your “walkin’ down the street” theme song?
ABC by The Jackson 5